J.L. Bell discusses why one of this revoluionary city's most prominent squares is named for a Loyalist who fled Boston in 1774 for England. Also, he suggests the arriviste BPL should stop trying to get the Copley subway stop renamed for itself.
Break the CharlieCard machines but don't tell anybody, then station creepy plainclothes workers next to them to "help" people trying to refill their cards, which will so weird them out they'll give up and buy a more expensive CharlieTicket.
Third Decade uses the plywood-enhanced, constricted Copley today and all he can think is: Fire trap.
Chicago? Hah! Here's how windy it was in Copley Square early this evening:
For as long as I can remember, WCRB radio has sponsored a series of lunchtime concerts at Copley Square park. The concerts took place every Thursday in both June and September.
But not this year. I wrote to WCRB asking where to find next month's schedule, and got this reply from Mark Edwards, the station's director of programming:
We simply didn't have the budget to pull it off, I'm afraid. The concerts were very expensive for us to host, and there has been dwindling support from advertisers. Additionally, the city was unable to help us defray costs.
Teddy Kokoros has photographic proof that Boston police don't just blow up every single suspicious package - he describes what happened when a police officer asked him to move while he was waiting for the bus:
Charlie on the MBTA reports that Tom Menino wants legislation to make the MBTA change the name of Copley station to Copley/BPL station.
Dave Copeland runs into her at the Copley T stop.
Juliet reports on a trio of toughlings harrassing women entering the Copley T stop with a yellow squash this afternoon:
...to all the women who walked by, they'd say, "hey! you wanna touch my squash!?" as they held them pointed out at crouch level. then they'd howl with laughter. when i was showing my t-pass to the station manager, one of them hurled his squash down the stairs where it splattered on the floor. ...
Michael Burstein offers photographic proof that it's really easy to get confused by signs on the T.
The US Court of Appeals in Boston has ruled the MBTA can build elevators for the disabled on both sides of the Copley T stop.
In a decision released last week, the court told the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and the Boston Preservation Alliance that the elevators would not "threaten or destroy" the historic character of the BPL and would not constitute a "constructive" taking of the historic nature of Old South Church, so basically, back off, bubs (however, said bubs could appeal to the Supreme Court).
The old Hancock Building doesn't tell the temperature, but apparently another Copley Square building does.
Mike takes his camera for a spin around the square.
Mike Mennonno describes the sociology of the Bates Hall reading room at the BPL main branch:
... I've been coming here periodically to read, write, and study for years, of course. For nearly fifteen years, in factĂ˘â‚¬â€ťever since I first came to Boston in the early nineties. And I'm telling you, it's the same borderline personalities in here now that were in here when I started. Myself included. It's like home. I call it "My Ancestral Home," in fact. These are my peeps.
Mike Mennonno spends some time gazing upon the statutes of Art and Science outside the McKim side of the BPL (you know, the two seated bronze women) and concludes that the statue of Art is clearly jealous of Science, in part because she's staring at Science's ball, while Science could give a flying fig about what Art is up to: